Storm Frank wreaks havoc

Rathfriland Road, Banbridge
Rathfriland Road, Banbridge

The wider Banbridge area was among those to take a battering as Storm Frank last week lashed the Province with high winds and driving rains.

The storm brought in its wake treacherous road conditions, powercuts and widespread flooding.

Across the Banbridge area trees were felled and roads were blocked on Tuesday night.

Katesbridge endured about half a month’s rainfall in 24 hours, most of it in the five hours between 2am and 7am on Wednesday morning.

In Dromara, Northern Ireland Electricity reported some 100 homes were off supply though power was to be restored within the day.

Repair teams from NIE Network worked through the night on repairs as 80mph winds brought down trees, branches and other flying debris on power lines and poles.

Weather warnings were in place throughout the night and motorists were advised not to drive unless the journey was absolutely necessary.

Due to the number of issues, TransportNI struggled to keep their information map updated but issued advice and warnings to residents via social media.

A number of roads in the area were blocked by fallen trees, including Banbridge Road, Gilford; Loughbrickland Road, Annaclone; Lovestone Hill, Rathfriland; Katesbridge Road, Banbridge and Clay Road.

Flooding was also reported on the A1 dual carriageway, which was closed between Dromore and Banbridge as Storm Frank began to take hold.